Novos 37 v 34 Gosforth
Ringtons Tea Cup try fest!
written by Peter Skevington
CRAIC; this was second row week; this arthritic, long retired second rower limped into his 71st year. Great to welcome John Short back to touchline duties. Those of us, who attended Keith Wade’s funeral and donated to the charity, were reminded of the sad news about Doddie Weir, surely one of the nicest guys ever to don a Falcons’ shirt. Keep battling Doddie - please make sure that he and his charity get plenty of support from the rugby family. Finally, the not insubstantial frame of lock Andy Scott returned to the fray. Welcome back, perhaps the fact that Kieron Locke
, multi-talented and versatile player played at, er, lock also is worthy of note!
TEAM NEWS; 15 Peter Gillespie
14 Matt Struthers 13 Paddy Smith 12 Olly Stephenson
11 Liam Hawthorn
10 Mark Anderson
9 Tom Jones 1 Joe Woodhams
2 Matt Black 3 Ben Vening
4 Dan Tucker
5 Kieron Locke
6 Mark Cumiskey
7 Darren Kelly
8 Andy Black
(captain) Replacements Andy Scott, Ryan Gillespie
(used), James Heffernan
THE MATCH; the home side kicked off, making a strong start to this Ringtons Cup encounter, they earned an early penalty that was not converted. Full back Jonno Wilkes crossed for a try following a successful Novos scrum near to the Gosforth line, his conversion success gave Novos a 7-0 lead with less than 5 minutes played. Novos' pace and smooth handling brought them a second try by winger Ben Wollerton and a 12-0 lead.
With 12 minutes played, a Gosforth attacking move, coupled with a shrewd kick by Mark Anderson
, saw the ball end up in the hands of winger Liam Hawthorn
, whose pace and determination took him through the Novos' defence to score a try that narrowed the points gap to 12-5. Then a successful Mark Anderson
penalty kick reduced the difference to 12-8. Gosforth enjoyed an encouraging 10 minutes of play, ending with a strong, driving run by winger Matt Struthers, who grounded the ball for a try that Mark Anderson
converted putting Gosforth 15-12 in the lead.Shortly afterwards winger Liam Hawthorn
made a trademark penetrating break, and was well supported by Mark Anderson
, who took his pass and scored an unconverted try giving Gosforth a 20-12 lead. Then Novos' Jonno Wilkes made a sturdy, elusive upfield run and scored an unconverted try making the score 17-20,so Gosforth still enjoyed a narrow 3 points lead with a few minutes of the first half remaining, but the proverbial coup de grace for the visitors was the seven points awarded to Novos for a penalty try, and the “yellow carding” of a Gosforth player, so the half ended with Novos 24-20 ahead.
That lead soon increased to 31-20, when Novos' pressure close to the Gosforth line created a try scoring opportunity for prop Pete Twentyman to force himself over the line for a try, the conversion hit the cross bar then “popped over”. Another “yellow card” for Gosforth followed, then Mark Anderson
went close with a long range penalty attempt. Winger Matt Struthers showed his strength and lock forward Kieron Locke
drove over for a try that Mark Anderson
converted. The sun broke through the overcast sky, and shone on an easy penalty kick by Wilkes, then a Novos player was “yellow carded”. Hard working lock Dan Tucker
battled his way over the line to score a try, and Mark Anderson
’s conversion success tied the score at 34-34.
We prepared ourselves for an “interesting final ten minutes” to quote one spectator. A hazy, mazy run by a Novos player almost brought them a try, but the award of an easily kickable penalty in front of the posts saw Wilkes frustrate Gosforth and secure the win for Novos.
This Saturday Broadway West welcomes Durham City, who showed their credentials with a 16-12 home win over a powerful South Shields Westoe side